ISEE Tutoring & Test Prep
General Academic is Houston's ISEE-prep leader. For more than 16 years, thousands of students have aced the ISEE private school admissions test with the help of General Academic's research-driven approach to tutoring and test prep.
We offer both private one-to-one tutoring and group test prep classes. Private tutoring can occur in your home or at our Rice Village Study Lounge.
Our ISEE curriculum is centered around our 21 published practice tests, and our tutors & instructors are brilliant and charismatic:
We Support Multiple ISEE Test Levels
The Upper and Lower levels are most popular in Houston. We offer both classroom courses and private tutoring for the ISEE Lower and Upper levels; we offer private tutoring for the ISEE Middle Level.
The ISEE is scored along a normal curve, which is divided into 9 slices ("stanines"), where 1 is significantly below average and 9 is outstanding.
Most Houston schools will accept average scores of 4, 5, and 6, but academically rigorous schools are more likely to enroll students with scores of 7, 8, and 9.
Read more about Houston Schools at our research publication HoustonSchoolSurvey.com.
Take the ISEE Early and Often
When students should start preparing for the ISEE ultimately depends on how they're currently testing and what scores they want to achieve; historically at General Academic:
The best first step is to take a diagnostic test.
The ISEE is offered three times a year, bust most students can only take it twice, generally in fall and winter. Parents can and should wait to get the scores before submitting it to a school for evaluation (do not enter a school code at registration).
Extensive research on school admissions tests shows that students consistently score better each time they took the test, so there's no reason to take the ISEE just once.
Click here to view ISEE Test Dates & Locations
Private ISEE Tutoring in Home or Office
Private ISEE tutoring ensures that your student is only spending precious time on the areas where they need help. Typically, students meet for 1.5 to 3-hours a week.
We will start by identifying your student's strengths and weaknesses by having them take a full-length practice test; we offer these on most Sundays at no-charge.
Then the tutor will work with your student to address shortcomings and reinforce skills in the tested subjects in math and reading.
To maximize skill retention, the tutor will assign homework questions for the student to complete in-between sessions; it's optional but strongly recommended.
ISEE Test Prep Classes in the Rice Village
Test prep classes are a great way for students to get a broad overview of the ISEE and refresh tested concepts. Classes typically meet for 6 to 9 hours a week.
Our classes are capped at just 8 students meaning that every student will get tons of attention from the instructor, and every student receives a personalized study plan.
The course will cover test-taking strategies and help students refresh their skills in math and reading. There is significant instructor-led practice.
ISEE Test Taking Strategies
The best predictors of a student's success on the ISEE are good grades in school in core academic subjects like math, science, English, and history.
Therefore the best way for a student to prepare is to ensure that they're doing well in core subjects well before a few months before they plan to take the ISEE.
Next up are standard good test-taking practices:
Learn more about the ISEE at our Advice & Resources page.
We wrote the book on the Upper Level ISEE.
Now in its third edition, "Upper Level ISEE Prep Guide with 6 Full-Length Practice Tests" offers high school applicants more than 930 pages of strategies, concept review, and lots of practice.
For more information about the Upper Level ISEE for high-school applicants, check out our ISEE Advice & Resources by General Academic's Vice President Stephen Hayes.
Our office is located just north of the Rice Village at 2427 Bartlett St., Houston, TX 77098. Call us at 713-838-7774.
We are not a strip-mall learning center or virtual tutor. Our seasoned managers, brilliant tutors, and nearly 5,000 sqf of genuine loft study space will inspire your student.
For more information about Houston-area ISEE tutoring and test prep, call us at 713-838-7774.